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Farmer across the road (600 ft) let me know he was going to ground spray his soybeans with fungicide and insecticide today (not aerial) I got my three hives confined (OUCH) early this morning. Wind should be null and/or drift away from my hives, and they are on the other side of lots of obstructions...so not too concerned with drift to the hives.
We are about 2 to 3 weeks behind and sort of in the middle of a flow right now. He will be done spraying by noon today. I am thinking of releasing them right before sunset tonight or after dark.
Or should I wait at least 24 hours?
Thoughts?
 

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You should be able to release them this evening. The chemical will have time to dry and the bee should not go out foraging that late in the day.
 

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I agree with the above post, but the insecticide used could make a difference also. I've been out of the loop of spraying soybeans for more than 5 years, so I don't know what they use in today's world.

If soybeans are blooming, which they probably are, you'll want to check the label of the insecticide to see if it's a one time contact killer, ingestion killer or systemic killer.....or it could be a Bt worm killer that would have little effect on bees. There's lots of "if's" to be sure your bees will be okay. Most likely, your bees will be fine. ;)
 
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